You likely know about common land and boundary surveys. You may even be familiar with the more in-depth topographic survey. But are you aware of gas and oil well surveys? Even some experienced construction managers have never utilized this service. But this service should play an incredibly important role in any projects in Texas. It should be one of the first steps completed when a project is proposed, as any data obtained during the survey process can make or break the intended development plan.
So what exactly is a gas and oil well survey, and why is it such a critical step in the development process? Below, an experienced land surveyor in Texas explains the basics.
What is a gas and oil well survey?
Gas and oil well surveys used to be a booming business when the fracturing process was implemented in south Texas, and again when the horizontal drilling process first came into use. It involves the mapping out of any existing wells and identifying potential locations for new wells to ensure everything seamlessly works together. Additionally, non-oil oriented projects can also benefit from these surveys by checking to make sure there aren’t any forgotten wells hiding underground that could end up being a major obstacle during the course of a project.
How is it conducted?
As soon as a surveyor takes on a new project, they get started with conducting legal deed research of the surveyed property and any adjoining properties. Then, state-of-the-art surveying technologies and GPS equipment are used in the field to locate any manmade additions to the land. Once this data is obtained, the surveyor will develop a geometric pattern to fit over a digital map of the property to project the number of wells that can comfortably be developed within the area. The owner will then be provided with an aerial photo identifying the well locations and property lines and offering a suggestion of how many new wells can be developed.
Without this data, the project could be delayed for months if an unexpected gas or oil well is found when the ground is broken.
Does it have to be done by a professional?
Gas and oil well surveying requires a professional surveyor familiar not only with the area and local regulations, but also the planning and drilling needs of oil and gas production companies. The best candidate for the job will have years of on-the-job experience in generating drilling permit plats and other critical documents. Companies need a trained and licensed professional who will be counted on to get the job done right the first time.
Contact D.G. Smyth & Company today for more information about why we’re the top choice for your next gas and oil well survey. Our team of knowledgeable professionals is happy to answer any questions you might have about how this type of surveying works or our past projects. Call us today to learn more or speak to an experienced land surveyor in Texas about your upcoming project!